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February 6th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After months of planning and weeks of preparation, itâ€™s hard to believe that Groundhog Day is over for another year.
Bill Deeley, Inner Circle president, is citing 2012 as a huge success compared to 2011.
â€śItâ€™s amazing, the difference of the weather being 25 degrees warmer, no snow to move around and no ice to contend with will do for attendance,â€ť he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and thatâ€™s something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.
â€śIâ€™m amazed by the behavior of the kids,â€ť said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCSâ€™ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. â€śThey are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.â€ť
That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Fire Department responded to two emergency calls that were reported at the same time at 3:22 a.m. Saturday.
Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company was the recipient of both calls, a car fire at a residence along Route 310, Young Township, Harmony, and a car that was driven into the Mahoning Creek at the Route 310 and Route 119 intersection.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith ordered Elk Run to go to the car fire and Central Fire Department to respond to the car into the creek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Don't take the 21st Century Learning Initiative and One to One Computing for granted in the Punxsutawney Area School District â€” especially after seeing how some other, larger school districts don't have the advantage of a technology program like Punxsyâ€™s.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 29, 1896)
Stahle Took the Property
Inner Circle members gaze upon the fireworks display that dazzled the crowd Thursday morning at Gobblerâ€™s Knob just before Punxsy Philâ€™s prognostication. (Photo by Alan Freed)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Opening a restaurant is no easy task, but that didnâ€™t stop Lillian Cameron.
And Jan. 31, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business, Lilyâ€™s Restaurant, Bakery & Deli, by handing out pieces of cake to customers.
â€śIt took a lot of hard work, dedication,â€ť Cameron said. â€śIâ€™m happy to be here. I hope Iâ€™m here for 25 more years.â€ť
BIG RUN â€” Thanks to a school holiday, some boys tossing the old pigskin around and an alert neighbor helped to avert a major catastrophe when a chimney connected to a wood burner caught the inside wall of a residence on fire at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon on Rear West Main Street, Big Run.
Perry Arrington and Joel Bowers, students in the Punxsutawney Area School District, were preparing to play football with another boy, when they saw the smoke coming from a residence owned by Jeff Pifer, Rear West Main Street, Big Run.
Arrington and Bowers were home Friday because of Groundhog Day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Philâ€™s 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobblerâ€™s Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except his own instinct.
The result, as read by Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston: â€śAs I look at the crowd of Gobblerâ€™s Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be.â€ť
When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Philâ€™s prognostication, Corbett replied, â€śNo. Now weâ€™ve got to get PennDOT ready.â€ť
Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog â€” kindergartners Audrey Johnson, (second from left), age five, and David Kunselman (third from left), age six â€” were crowned Thursday at the Punxsy Weather Discovery Center. David, son of Greg and Becky Kunselman, attends Mapleview Elementary, while Audrey, daughter of Chris Johnson and Jeanne Porada, attends the Punxsutawney Christian School. The youngsters were crowned by Punxsy Phil and his co-handlers, John Griffiths (far left) and Ron Ploucha (far right).